Preliminary redistricting map ‘legally defensible’

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A preliminary map for new San Diego City Council districts is “legally defensible,” a deputy city attorney said this week.

At a meeting of the city's Redistricting Commission, Sharon Spivak said the tentative plan met constitutional requirements and demands of the City Charter and Voting Rights Act.

The finding of “legally defensible” came after an analysis by the City Attorney's Office and outside lawyers, Spivak said. She warned that any adjustments would require another full analysis, and time is getting short, with final approval of the new districts scheduled for Aug. 25.

The council boundaries are reworked every 10 years in accordance with fresh census data. This time, a ninth district is being added because of changes to San Diego's governance structure a few years ago.

Tweaks to the preliminary map remain possible.

Commission Chairwoman Anisha Dalal read out a list of about 10 issues that remain unresolved, including whether to merge Rancho Penasquitos and Mira Mesa to create an area more demographically favorable to Asian candidates, and whether to split Linda Vista into separate districts.

The commission has two more meetings scheduled before the last vote. Unlike some other government jurisdictions, the commissioners have the final say on the map.

The city of San Diego is scheduled to begin the transition to the new districts one month after the map is adopted.

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